Q: How is my entry judged?

A: Your film is evaluated on the following criteria:

Alignment with ConnectHER categories
Clarity and impact of message
Creativity in presentation
Cinematography / Editing
Screenplay / Script
Most innovative solution (if applicable)

Q: Does ConnectHER Film Festival have an age requirement?

A: Yes, you must be a student 25 years old or younger to enter (special circumstances may apply for 25 and under youth who are out of school).

Q: How many people can submit one entry for consideration?

A: Your filmmaking team can consist of up to four students 25 or under, provided that every student involved meets the stated eligibility requirements. Our submission form allows space for up to four entrants per submission.

Q: Can I enter if I'm in Middle School?

A: Yes, Middle School students may submit their films as long as the meet the other stated eligibility requirements.

Q: Are there subcategories for different genres?

A: Check out some sample videos!

Your Flowers Did Not Fade
A Truth
A Ripple Effect
Skin Tone Rule

As you can see, these videos take different approaches to delivering their message, involving text, graphics, royalty free music, and footage. The goal of your film is to deliver a meaningful message about women and girls in the world, and we leave it up to your creativity to guide your film composition! Creativity is encouraged!

Q: Can I use music in my film?

A: We encourage music as long as it's original or royalty free.

Q: Is there funding available for flights, visas and accommodations for international winners to attend the annual awards ceremony?

A: We currently do not offer any accommodations for bringing international winners to the awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will commemorate all finalists in-person (if they can attend) or virtually and feature a film screening for finalists.

Q: Who receives the prize money if more than one person contributes to the film?

A: The scholarship prize money is awarded to the creators of the film. If the film was created by a team, it is awarded per the team's request.

Q: Who retains the copyright/right to distribute the film?

A: While the creators retain artistic ownership over all content, by submitting to the ConnectHER film festival creators relinquish all use, distribution and circulation rights to ConnectHER. For example, if ConnectHER wants to publish or show the video in any capacity, they may do so freely as may the creators.

Q: Does my film need to be between 3 to 6 minutes to be entered into the ConnectHER film fest?

A: We request the length of your film be between 3 to 6 minutes, however, understand that your film might run a few seconds under or over the time allotment.

Q: I am producing my film for a film class and/or organization that mentors students in the area of film and media. Can I submit my film that was produced under the supervision of my teacher/s?

A: Film class students and students working with media organizations are welcome to submit their films as long as they meet the other stated requirements!

Q: We run an organization that serves women and girls. Can one of our student volunteers or interns submit a film to your festival that highlights our work?

A: Yes, as long as they are high school or undergraduate students 25 years old or younger. Any prize money received will go directly to the student as a scholarship.

Q: Our school has no film equipment, can ConnectHER provide a camera for our students to use?

A: We would love to consider this if you can prove that your school serves a vast percentage of underprivileged students. For example if more than 40 percent of your school's students qualify for the free and reduced lunch program - email us at filmfest@connecther.org to get the conversation started. We would also consider a small, charter or private school that has insufficient funding.

Q: Will my film win the People's Choice Award if it has the most votes?

A: The People's Choice winner is chosen by our judges. Judges select 3 finalists from the top 10 films that have the most votes. A winner is chosen by judges from there.

Q: Who can I email with more questions?

A: Get in touch with ConnectHER at filmfest@Connecther.org.